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In the words of Rouba Mhaissen: “Syrian women should have a central role in all facets of the conflict”

Monday, May 21, 2018

Dr. Rouba Mhaissen, Syrian activist, is the founder and Director of Sawa for Development and Aid.  Photo: UN Women/Diego De La Rosa   Dr. Rouba Mhaissen is a Syrian-Lebanese economist, activist, and professional. She is the Founder and Director of Sawa for Development and Aid, a civil society organization that supports Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and Sawa Foundation UK, that supports forced migrants in Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Mhaissen, was one of the panelists at a... More

Take five: “Women pay the highest price in the Syrian conflict”

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Lina Sinjab is a Syrian journalist who has covered the conflict in Syria for BBC and other media outlets since 2011. She served as the moderator of a dialogue between Syrian women and policy-makers , held on the sidelines of the EU-UN conference “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” organized in Brussels last month. Ms. Sinjab spoke to UN Women about her views on the role of Syrian women in the conflict and the construction of peace. As a woman and as a... More

The Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The UN in partnership with the Government of Iraq and with the generous support from the UK and the Canadian Embassy launched the Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) in Iraq. Details are outlined in the call for proposals. WPHF Call for Proposals - 2018.03.29 donor comments Secretariat responses Annex 1 WPHF Call for Proposals - 2018.03.29 donor comments Secretariat responses - Arabic Annex 1 - Arabic More

Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Government of Canada Launch a Flagship Programme to Eliminate Violence Against Women in the West Bank and Gaza

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Ramallah, May 07, 2018 – In an official ceremony today, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, and the Government of Canada launched a new flagship programme, “ HAYA : Eliminating Violence Against Women in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (2018 – 2022)” along with four partner UN agencies, UN Women, UNFPA, UN Habitat, and UNODC. The ceremony took place at the Mahmoud Darwish Museum in Ramallah, under the patronage of her Excellency Minister of Women’s Affairs, Dr.... More

Applications are now open for the Global Award for Women’s Empowerment

Monday, April 30, 2018

The call for applications for the Global Award for Women’s Empowerment opened on 1 April 2018 and will run through 31 August 2018 (GMT+3), under the “Apply now” section on the  www.womenglobalaward.org/en . In 2017 UN Women and the Supreme Council for Women in Bahrain announced the Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Global Award for Women’s Empowerment. The award, to be presented every three years, recognizes individuals, organisations, companies and member... More

UN Women and partners convene Special Session on gender mainstreaming in SDG implementation during 2018 Arab Forum for Sustainable Development

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

During the 2018 Arab Forum for Sustainable Development, UN Women, ESCWA, UNFPA, UNICEF and UNDP convene an expert panel discussion on the importance of mainstreaming gender .... More

Journalists across the region recommit to reporting on women’s rights in conflict, through a regional meeting and workshop on gender-sensitive media coverage

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Journalists across the region recommit to reporting on women’s rights in conflict, through a regional meeting and workshop on gender-sensitive media coverage More

Syrian women in Brussels to bring their case for humanitarian aid and peace in the region

Monday, April 23, 2018

Where: Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU, Square de Meeus 30, Brussels) When: on Tuesday, April 24 at 18:00 (CEST) Media interviews from 17.00-17.45 . What : A group of international agencies are to host a ‘side event’ at which ten Syrian women will be presenting their different individual perspectives on the conflict – now in its eighth year. Some of them will be available for media interviews. The ‘side event’ will take the form of a discussion... More

Statement: UN Women in Egypt congratulates the National Council for Women on the approval of the new law regulating the council

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

In line with the national efforts to advance the status of Egyptian women, UN Women in Egypt congratulated the President of the National Council for Women on the approval of the law passed by the Egyptian Parliament on 15 April concerning regulating the work of the council. More

Arab Youth Write The Untold Stories of Women on Wikipedia

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8 this year, UN Women collaborated with Swedish embassies in the Arab States and with youth volunteers to convene a series of HerStory edit-a-thons to promote knowledge of women and their experiences through the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia. “Edit-a-thons” were convened in Cairo, Alexandria, Rabat, Beirut, and Amman, bringing together more than 500 volunteers. Editathons will be organized in UAE and Iraq as well. ... More

Support to Women’s Engagement in Political Dialogues and Peacemaking in Libya

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

UN Women Regional Office for Arab States seeks to fund quick impact interventions that bolster stabilisation and peace building efforts, with an objective of enhancing women’s engagement in political dialogues and conflict resolution in Libya. Details are outlined in the call for proposal . The deadline for receiving proposals is: 23:59 on 1st of May 2018 More

Arab States build consensus on priorities for empowerment of women and girls living in rural areas ahead of CSW 62

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Participants in the Arab region intergovernmental consultation in preparation of CSW62.P hoto C redit:  UN Women/ Diego de la Rosa UN Women, in partnership with the League of Arab States and the Ministry of Women, Family and Children of Tunisia convened the Arab region intergovernmental preparatory meeting ahead of the 62 nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) to be held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on March 12. The meeting gathered... More

Youth volunteers in the Arab States region collaborate with UN Women and Sweden to celebrate International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Youth volunteers in the Arab States region collaborate with UN Women and Sweden to celebrate International Women’s Day More

In the words of Asia Alfasi: “Women are the silent unknown soldiers working and striving to hold their families together during times of war.”

Thursday, March 8, 2018

In the words of Asia Alfasi: “Women are the silent unknown soldiers working and striving to hold their families together during times of war.” More

Women’s rights activists transforming women’s lives in the Arab world

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Women’s rights activists transforming women’s lives in the Arab world More

UN Women Meets The Media In Lebanon For Better Advocacy on Women’s Political Participation

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Beirut, Lebanon - The Office of the Minister of State for Women’s Affairs in Lebanon and UN Women Lebanon, in partnership with the United Nations Development Program- LEAP and the European Union have organized the public event “Meet the media” held at Mövenpick Hotel in Beirut, during which media representatives deliberated on media’s crucial role in boosting women’s political participation, at the upcoming parliamentary elections in... More

UN Women Releases the First Study Revealing Palestinian Men’s Attitudes toward Gender Equality and Two Campaigns Inviting Men to support Women as Equal Partners in the Home and the Workplace

Sunday, February 25, 2018

What does it mean to be a man in the Middle East and North Africa today? How do Palestinian men and women view masculinities, and men’s roles in public and private life - and where do those attitudes come from? Responding to the lack of concrete data gathered on these issues, UN Women and its partners conducted the first multi-country study in the Middle East and North Africa, to better understand men and women’s perspectives on gender roles. The findings of the Palestinian portion... More

UN WOMEN INAUGURATES ITS FIRST ‘OASIS FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS’ IN THE AZRAQ REFUGEE CAMP

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Azraq Camp, Jordan . The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) launched its first ‘Oasis for Women and Girls’ in the Azraq refugee camp - a resilience and empowerment center designed to provide secure livelihoods opportunities, protection and civic engagement services to vulnerable Syrian refugee women. Opened in 2014, the camp hosts nearly 34,463 Syrians who have escaped the conflict in Syria. According to UNHCR’s data, 30% of... More

European Union - UN Women partnership bolsters efforts in response to Syrian crisis

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Pursuing joint efforts against Gender-Based Violence, the EU and UN Women today launched a women´s rights and empowerment programme aiming at strengthening the resilience of Syrian women and girls and host communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey. This is the first agreement with UN Women under the EU Regional Trust Fund – “MADAD”. This integrated programme aims to reach 60,000 people in need, predominantly women living in situations characterised by... More

First batch of certificates delivered to UN Women beneficiaries of the third phase of a Japan-funded project in Jbail

Monday, December 18, 2017

For utmost people, Jbail, located about thirty-five Kilometers north of Beirut, is a famous tourist city. However, for UN Women’s Lebanese and Syrian women beneficiaries, this is mostly the area where they have been meeting, for skills development, namely at Jbail’s Social Development Center (SDC). More

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